Jade, Tyler, Christian and Sophie with their award pictured with judges Simon O'Dwyer, Marion Acreman and Anna Byrne and Fiona Deegan at the Kilkenny County Student Enterprise final.
Students from three local secondary schools will be in action at Croke Park tomorrow for the national finals of the Student Enterprise Awards.
In the Senior category, Kilkenny will be represented by Tyler O’ Callaghan, Jade Soames, Christian Neagu and Sophie Hartford Reade — students from Kilkenny City Vocational School.
Their project, ‘Seasonal Sensations’ uses recycled raw materials to make creative products themed around the four seasons. They were very resourceful in terms of how they utilised labour and raw material to create a successful business.
Kian Maher and Tomas Sebok from Coláiste Eamann Rís Callan will represent Kilkenny in the Intermediate category, with their craft business TK Ceramics Ltd.
In the Junior category, the county winners are from St Brigid’s College in Callan. Aimee O’ Brien, Ciara Treacy, Molly Dunne, Emma Cahill and Hannah Wallace will be competing in the national finals with their project, ‘Fresh Minds’, which involves themed and key word bookmarks.
All three schools emerged triumphant in their respective categories at the Student Enterprise county final, held in Kilkenny at the end of March. The aim of the LEO-run programme is to develop links between the education system and the real economy, so that school leavers gain the skills and practical knowledge of running a business.
Head of Enterprise (Acting) with Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny, Fiona Deegan wished the local students well.
“The Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities are celebrating fifteen years of the Student Enterprise Programme this year and it has already helped over 150,000 students since it started in 2003,” she said.
“The programme begins every September with free resources for teachers and students in local schools. With an increased emphasis in the school curriculum around enterprise in the classroom, we are expecting even more schools and students to take part in the Student Enterprise Programme in the years to come.”